Friday, May 28, 2010
With Obama, when everything is critical, nothing is critical
Lately, President Barack Obama has become less and less popular primarily because his policies do not seem to be working, people are finding out what is actually in the new Healh Care law (Obamacare), and the Obama Administration more than ever, operates in a business as usual payoff process as government is use to being run in Chicago (see Joe Sestak).
Yesterday, the 44th President decided to hold a press conference for the first time in 308 days. Many issues are beginning to come to a head, not the least of which would be the continuing disaster of oil being discharged out of a damaged oil well that took 11 lives about 40 days ago. During the presser, Obama stated clearly that HE was in charge of everything, but when asked about wither Elizabeth Birnbaum, the head of the troubled U.S. agency that oversees offshore drilling - which President Obama said was "plagued by corruption" at the beginning of his presidency - had resigned or was fired (the event of her departure was reported earlier in the day), Obama stated, "Now, with respect to Ms. Birnbaum, I found out about her resignation today. Ken Salazar has been in testimony throughout the day, so I don't know the circumstances in which this occurred." So, is this a man really in charge?
Today, Friday, President Obama flew down to the Gulf Coast and visited for three hours. Oil is still spewing out of the breached well and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal still has yet to receive all of the approvals he needs from the Federal Government to make sand barriers along the outer islands along the coast. In Barack Obama's own words about Louisiana lifted from his administrations website at WhiteHouse.Gov/Issues/Additional-Issues -
Katrina - President Obama will keep the broken promises to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.
He and Vice President Biden will take steps to ensure that the federal government will never again [NEVER AGAIN] allow such catastrophic failures in emergency planning and response to occur.
Memorial day is celebrated this weekend and this President has decided to spend his time around Chicago, vacationing with his wife and kids as opposed to visiting Arlington National Cemetery in honor of our soldiers that have died and to stand up as the Commander-In-Chief of our troops that are currently fighting two wars and are dispatched in harms way to protect our personal freedom anchored way of life.
Here are some of the commitments Barack Obama has made over the last month about what he believes have the highest priority.
This excerpted and edited from National Review Online -
Obama’s Ever-Changing Top Priorities
By Jim Geraghty - May 27, 2010 1:20 PM
Today President Obama said that stopping the oil spill has been his “highest priority.”
He seems to have a lot of top priorities; he’s identified several in his remarks since the initial explosion on the oil rig April 20.
President Obama with Mexican president Felipe Calderon, May 19: “We agreed to continue working aggressively on our highest economic priority, which is creating jobs for our people.”
Obama with Hamad Karzai, May 12: “This is a reaffirmation of the friendship between the American people and the Afghan people. When I came into office, I made it very clear that, after years of some drift in the relationship, that I saw this as a critical priority.”
Obama at the Business Council, May 4: “More broadly, spurring job creation and economic expansion continues to be our number one domestic priority.”
Obama at a town-hall meeting in Ottumwa, Iowa, April 27: “I don’t want to close off trade with other countries — I want to open those countries because that’s a lot of where the growth is and that’s where we can sell our products and we’ve got a competitive advantage. But we’ve got to keep on pushing and be tough in our negotiations, and that’s something that’s going to be a top priority.”
Obama in Fort Madison, Iowa, April 27: “And that’s why our energy security has been a top priority for my administration since the day I took office.”
One learns early in a business life, when all memos are stamped IMPORTANT ... nothing is IMPORTANT!
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Obamacare - The Law: CBO re-projects to over $1 TRILLION in expenses
This week the Congressional Budget Office, formed and mandated to provide objective and impartial economic analysis assistance to the House of Representatives and the Senate, readjusted the estimate of spending ordered through the recent passage of the Health Care Reform Bill into law ... Obamacare. Discretionary spending could add another $115 billion-plus to the 10-year cost of health-care overhaul. Since there are only 300
million people living and under control of this Obamacare law to pay for this additional spending, this translates to a projected cost to every man, woman, and child to $383.33 each.
Do the math ... which should have been done before our leaders voted this Government Control Agenda known as Obamacare into law ... for every family of four ( a mother, father and two rug-rats), this translates to a family bill to come due at some time of an additional $1,533!
We, at MAXINE, ask - Where is the accountability? Where is the real social justice in a process that intentionally hides the truth of a projected action until it becomes the law of the land so it becomes almost impossible to undue such a corrosive act to living a life in freedom?
In a letter to Rep. Jerry Lewis, the CBO estimated that administrative costs for implementing the legislation will total between $10 billion and $20 billion. Various grants and programs ranging from the small ($45 million for young women's breast-health awareness) to the big ($39 billion for Indian health programs), will add up to about $105 billion. The CBO couldn’t provide an estimate for another group of grants and programs whose funding levels weren’t specified by the bill, it said.
The A.P. notes that the costs weren’t included in earlier CBO estimates because the funds are considered discretionary, to be approved by Congress as needed.
Spending is spending and this discretionary spending is spending that can not be decided upon by the individual but decided upon by a Government worker from money that the Government will collect from each of us in fees and taxes. This collected money that one earns will not be spent by the individual as he or she sees fit for their needs, but spent by the Government as they see fit and without specific and open approval of the people who pay for this spending.
This excerpted and edited from ABC News -
CBO: Health Care Bill Will Cost $115 Billion More Than Previously Assessed
Jake Tapper, Political Punch - ABC News | May 12, 2010 9:08 AM
The director of the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday that the health care reform legislation would cost, over the next ten years, $115 billion more than previously thought, bringing the total cost to more than $1 trillion.
CBO had originally estimated that the health care reform bill would result in a net reduction in federal deficits of $143 billion from 2010-2019; this revised number would eliminate most of that savings.
In a statement, House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said that the new CBO analysis "provides ample cause for alarm. This comes just weeks after the Obama administration itself released an analysis confirming that the new law actually increases Americans’ health care costs. The American people wanted one thing above all from health care reform: lower costs, which Washington Democrats promised, but they did not deliver. These revelations widen the serious credibility gap President Obama is facing."
And this excerpted and edited from the New American -
ObamaCare Already Exceeds Projections
Written by Michael Tennant, New American - Wednesday, 12 May 2010 10:16
Benjamin Franklin famously said that the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. It’s time to add another certainty to that list: Any government program will end up costing far more than estimated at its inception.
Medicare is probably the most famous illustration of this truism. In an outstanding article entitled “The Medicare Monster” in the January 1993 issue of Reason, Steven Hayward and Erik Peterson wrote:
At its start, in 1966, Medicare cost $3 billion. The House Ways and Means Committee estimated that Medicare would cost only about $12 billion by 1990 (a figure that included an allowance for inflation). This was a supposedly “conservative” estimate. But in 1990 Medicare actually cost $107 billion.
Reports the Associated Press: “President Barack Obama's new health care law could potentially add at least $115 billion more to government health care spending over the next 10 years, congressional budget referees said Tuesday.” According to the Congressional Budget Office, these costs were not included in earlier estimates for two reasons: (1) because they result from discretionary spending that Congress may or may not approve (though when was the last time Congress refused to fund anything, let alone something as sensitive as healthcare?); and (2) because the legislation was rushed through Congress so quickly that the CBO didn’t have enough time to calculate the costs fully before passage.
Thus, just seven weeks after Obama signed his healthcare “reform” bill into law, it is already likely to cost 12 percent more than projected. You don’t have to be Nostradamus to foresee actual costs dwarfing the $1 trillion estimate long before the next decade is out.
The additional cost also wipes out nearly all of Obama’s alleged deficit reduction, which was supposed to be $143 billion over the next 10 years. (This claim of deficit reduction in itself barely resembles truth: The Obama bill assumes that future healthcare spending will explode and that the new bill will merely reduce the future exploding costs by $143 billion.) Of course, the administration claims it won’t allow this to happen, saying that “Obama would demand that added spending be offset with cuts in other domestic programs,” according to the AP. Don’t hold your breath.
Congress generally dismissed fears of cost overruns. Rep. Claude Pepper (D-Fla.) said: “The cost will not be greater than our present efficient [sic] and wasteful fee-for-service system. According to experts the charge to the average family under a national health-insurance program will actually be less than it pays now, partly because the employer and government will contribute to the fund.”
Here’s one more certainty to tack on to Franklin’s maxim: In Washington, the more things change — even when it’s “change we can believe in” — the more they stay the same.
Right now, it is time to begin the actions to reduce the influence and size of our current Government and we start in November by voting for anyone who wishes to put forth the effort to REPEL OBAMACARE!
There, right there ... is over $1 TRILLION in expenses that can be cut which translates to a family-of-four savings of $13,333 - it's just a start against the nearly $300,000 this Government expects to take from each family of four over the next decade.
Sunday, May 09, 2010
It's Official - Pakistan Taliban Behind Failed NY Times Square Bomb Plot
Well laa-tee-daa, it has been reported today in an article produced by Reuters that the U.S. says Pakistani Taliban behind bomb attempt.
Nearly everyone who found out that an SUV was discovered, parked in Times Square, smoking, filled with un-exploded bomb materials, felt that the first suspects on that list would have been people of Muslim upbringing and middle-east decent - PERIOD.
Sadly, our current crop of political leaders do not want to protect the rest of us by playing the odds. NO ... the first public statements out of their mouths attack the character of the average naturally born American who believes that our current Government and its leaders have lost their way given American Culture.
On the very day this plot was discovered, Mayor Bloomberg of the city of New York speculated to CBS Evening News Anchor Katie Couric that the suspect behind the bombing attempt could be a domestic terrorist angry at the government who acted alone.
"If I had to guess 25 cents, this would be exactly that. Homegrown, or maybe a mentally deranged person, or somebody with a political agenda that doesn't like the [recently passed Obamacare law] health care bill or something. It could be anything," he said.
"There is no evidence here of a conspiracy, there is no evidence that it's tied into anything else. It looks like an amateurish job done by at least one person," he told Couric.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called the scare a "potential terrorist attack" but she and other officials held off saying whether there was a link to Islamist groups or to a domestic cause in the United States. In an interview on FOX & Friends on FOX News, she would not specifically classify the potential bomb a terrorist attack or event - YouTube below.
A U.S. intelligence official told Reuters "we just don't know at this point who may be behind this event. We believe it is a one-off event"
To be truthful, given the odds proven out over the last 15 months and the majority of this 44th Presidency of the United States, one could easily speculate that if there is a bomb set to go off, or a gun to be fired into a crowd it would be a high 95%+ probability that the people behind the action would have been people of Muslim upbringing and middle-east decent.
These people who are found to be behind these actions of terrorism and murder are of this demographic and are at war (which is not a ONE-OFF event) with the western industrialized world. The United States of America sits at the top of this world as being the most successful and productive, and hence ... the most visible target.
This excerpted and edited from Reuters -
U.S. says Pakistani Taliban behind bomb attempt
Glenn Somerville, Reuters - WASHINGTON - Sun May 9, 2010 10:24am EDT
Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday said evidence shows a Pakistan Taliban group closely allied with al Qaeda was behind the attempted bombing in New York's Times Square. Holder, in an interview on ABC television's "This Week," said there was nothing to suggest the Pakistani government was aware of the plot.
"We know that they helped facilitate it. We know that they probably helped finance it. And that he was working at their direction," he [Atty. Gen. Eric Holder] said, referring to Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistan-born naturalized American who is now under arrest. Shahzad, 30, was arrested last Monday, two days after authorities say he parked a crude car bomb in New York's busy Times Square. Authorities say he as been cooperating in the investigation.
Some lawmakers have suggested that people accused of terrorism should not have all the rights accorded to those charged with less serious crimes.
Holder said it was important the government have the flexibility it needs to counter acts of terrorism but that any changes have to meet constitutional requirements.
On NBC's "Meet the Press," Holder said the administration will suggest some changes to Congress that recognize the reality that terrorism is a rising risk for the United States. "We want to work with Congress to come up with a way in which we make our public safety exception more flexible and again more consistent with the threat we face ... This is a proposal that we're going to be making and that we want to work with Congress about," Holder said.
President Barack Obama's assistant for national security, John Brennan, appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," also cited Shahzad's al Qaeda link, saying evidence showed he was working with a Pakistani militant group closely allied with al Qaeda.
Brennan said the Pakistani government's was cooperating closely with U.S. investigators.
It is time to prepare to remove leadership that refuses to protect us at a time of war in a proper way. It is time to vote for people who recognize that our country is a target of war by inclined Muslim terrorist who are supported through a network created by al Qaeda and the Taliban.
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
It's Cinco de Mayo ... Celebrate With An Arizona Buy-Cott!
Today not only marks the day Mexico recognizes a thwarted attack by France (as promoted and celebrated first in the United States by Corona Beer as a promotion to sell their product) ... today is the day independent American citizens can begin to show support for Arizona in its effort to localize Federal immigration law.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 8:00am (any timezone) marks the official start to Buy Arizona, where people intentionally purchase goods and services from companies that claim their headquarters in Arizona in a "Buy-Cott" - a reversal to the time honored consumerism activity known as a boycott.
Ahhhhh, to purchase, as opposed to ignore the goods or services produced, from a company just feels more affirming and, well, AMERICAN! After all, directed consuming is so Capitalistic and un-Obama Administration.
It's Cinco de Mayo, so go out and celebrate by first purchasing an American flag from the American Flag & Pole Co. http://www.americanflagandpole.com/, then go online and pick up some protection in the form of a non-lethal deterrents from Taser International http://www.taser.com/pages/default.aspx, followed by digital identity theft protection software and services designed by Lifelock http://www.lifelock.com/, and finally ... go to dinner at PF Changs http://www.pfchangs.com ... OK, so this food selection does not contain tortillas or salsa but it is time for a new tradition.
We, at MAXINE, believe the main activity for Cinco de Mayo, and beyond, is to begin the tradition of American self-reliance beginning with the show of support of a State that wishes to take control of its destiny in the service to its citizens over the actions (in this case, inaction) of the Federal Government.
BUY ARIZONA - Support Arizona based corporations, local businesses, on-line retailers, and tourism.
The following list is just a sampling of the great companies you can support directly with consumerism ... and there is something for everyone - this IS America. PLEASE SHARE!!
Be sure to check back at the folloing website regularly ... more companies will be added as soon as they are identified! http://www.socaltaxrevoltcoalition.org
Buy Arizona begins today - Image Credit: Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition - Home of the San Diego Tea Party
PLAN A TRIP TO ARIZONA
SUPPORT ARIZONA COMPANIES:
• Allied Waste Industries
• America West Airlines
• American Flag & Pole Co.
• American Spirit Arms (Manufacturer of precision firearms)
• Arizona Artists
• Arizona Cardinals (Football)
• Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB Baseball)
• Arizona Highways (magazine)
• Best Western
• Bookmans (largest used book seller in AZ)
• Cerreta Fine Chocolates
• Candy's Apples (gourmet candied apples)
• Circle K (Convenience Store)
• CSK Auto (Checker Auto Parts, Schucks Auto Supply, Kragen Auto Parts, Murray's Discount Auto Stores)
• Clear Channel Outdoor
• Cold Stone Creamery
• Discount Tire Company
Eleanor Joseph Confections (truffles & more!)
• Fairytale Brownies
• Fender Music Instruments
• Flight Miniatures (model aircraft)
• Grand Canyon Airlines
• GreenNurture.com (green corporate consulting)
• Greyhound Corp.
• Harkins Theatres
• Hollycake (Letterpress Stationery)
• Hopi Market
• Kona Grill
• Knight Transportation
• Massage Envy
• Mesa Air Group (Mesa Airliines, Go!, Freedom Airlines)
• McClendon's Select (mail order organic fruit and honey)
• M. R. Designs & Gifts (Gift Baskets)
• My Computer Works (Scottsdale. Online computer repair) http://www.mycomputerworks.com/
• Navajo Fine Jewelry & Collectibles
• PF Changs
• Ping (Golf)
• Phoenix Coyotes (NHL Hockey)
• Poore Brothers Pototo Chips
• Protégé Sports
• Ramada Hotels
• Robar (firearms & accessories)
• Set Enterprises (board games & brain puzzles)
• Seven Sisters Sweet Shop and Chocolate
• Sky Mall
• Surf City Squeeze
• Taser International
• University of Phoenix
• US Airways
On Facebook: ARIZONA BUY-COTT
Sunday, May 02, 2010
Immigration Policy: Buy In ... Or Just Buy
We begin this week after a May Day "call to protest" from the Hispanic immigration community that, at least here in Los Angeles, was a dismal failure.
All of the news media outlets (even FOX News) did their best to make this day of protest on the enforcement of US immigration law an issue that was compelling by stating "hundreds of thousands" join protests. People were out in the streets, waving flags and carrying signs sparked by a law passed by the State of Arizona that brings immigration enforcement to a local, as opposed to a Federal, level.
In Los Angeles, the papers were first predicting that over 100,000 people would take to the streets in a mime of the large 750,000 plus person gathering on May 1st, 2006 during the Bush Administration. While the LA Times touted the gathering at nearing 60,000 ... for a city that has a population draw of over 15,000,000 in the basin and at least a 40% Hispanic residency, that is 60,000 out of a potential of 6,000,000 people - weak.
Sign displayed at the 2006 May Day protest in Denver ... has anything changed? Aaaaaa, No! Image Credit: Michelle Malkin
Funny thing though, The Los Angeles crowd was one of the largest gatherings in protest against the Arizona law that makes it a crime to lack proper immigration papers and requires police to determine whether people are in the country illegally.
Civil rights activists say the law will lead to racial profiling but state officials have repeatedly emphasized that the bill expressly forbids law enforcement officers from stopping someone without, first having a probable cause such as in the enforcement of a seat belt law or a mechanical violation (these misdemeanor violations are cited as an add-on after someone is pulled over for a moving violation like running a red light or other probable cause).
Sign exalting "NO BORDERS" seen at an Arizona protest last week. This makes a lot of sense, especially, what, with the Mexican drug wars spilling over into this country and placing our citizens at harm. Image Credit: Mark Krikorian
Any United States citizen knows that to leave the house without proper identification, one can not purchase goods or services, drive a car legally, buy a drink at a bar (if under 21), and etc.. About the only place one does not have to show an identification is when one goes to the polls to vote - all the while, the 70% of the voting citizens in Arizona who favor the Governor, Jan Brewer, for passing this law are called crazy, or worse, bigots.
Instead of buying in to all of the hype about how wrong it is to want United States immigration laws enforced, why not show your support for Arizona where immigration is out of control and send a message to the Federal Government that they should enforce existing laws through purchasing goods and services made in Arizona ... that's BUY ARIZONA!
Now this person will probably not get pulled over for writing on their windows, but may get a ticket for having windows that are tinted too dark. Image Credit: La Shawn Barber
This excerpted and edited from the All Patriots Media Network -
Tony Katz, All Patriots Media Network - May 1, 2010
The Buy Arizona! Initiative is picking up steam. We are working with many other groups, and committed individuals, to support Arizona business owners and their employees.
The response is growing everyday. If you sent an email, you are in queue, and your ad will run on The Tony Katz Radio Spectacular, as well as with those hosts who join the Buy Arizona! Initiative.
Those radio hosts include:
- Tony Katz – The Tony Katz Radio Spectacular
- TJ McCormack – The World of TJ McCormack
- Jack Marino – Warrior Filmmaker
- Chris Fritcher – The Fritch Show
- to be a part of the Initiative, email us here.
Follow @ArizonaBUYcott on Twitter.
To see the Press Release, click here.
To see the list, and reach out to Arizona businesses, click here.
We, at MAXINE, believe in a serious society that wants to know who they are talking to and doing business with. Carry your ID and immigration authorization papers proudly into any market and BUY ARIZONA!